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Tucson Holiday Events: Christmas and Hanukkah continue

Despite the ongoing pandemic, some annual Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations in Tucson are still being held, but modified this year with special COVID health restrictions.

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However, traditional annual Tucson holiday and spring events such as Winterhaven, the Fourth Avenue Street Fair, Miracle on 31st Street, Tucson Regional Ballet's Nutcracker Suite, and upcoming spring 2021 Arizona Renaissance Fair, the Tucson Rodeo and Rodeo Parade, Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Shows, and Tucson Festival of Books have all been postponed.

Expect that any indoor or outdoor holiday events in Tucson will require face masks and social distancing. Call ahead of your visit in case appointments are needed.

Below are some of the popular holiday activities and upcoming family daily and weekend winter events in Tucson that are still being held, outdoors or virtually.

This year, Hanukkah (also spelled as Hannukah or Chanukah) falls on Thursday, December 10 through Friday, December 18, 2020.
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Confirmed Holiday Events in Tucson for 2020

December 14-15, 2020

  • Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul Park With safety in mind this holiday season, Tohono Chul is launching their first-ever Virtual Santa Visit program! Experience the magic of the holidays from the safety of your own home with these custom messages from Santa at the North Pole. The exciting, new experiences include pre-recorded videos and interactive live Zooms for purchase on the Tohono Chul website. Don’t be fooled, these messages make great gifts for kids of all ages! Tucson Electric Power is so excited for this program, they are offering 50 households the chance to win a Zoom with Santa! Program information, including the how-to, and the spot to enter the free giveaway sponsored by TEP is available at tohonochul.org/santa 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte, 520-742-6455.

December 18, 2020

  • Eighteenth Annual Miracle en el Barrio event, presented by NOVA® Home Loans, scheduled to take place on Friday, December 18, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds. Donate online.

Through December 22

  • Gaslight Theatre OUTSIDE! Through December 22. Join several Gaslight stars, accompanied by the amazing Gaslight Band, for an evening of laughs and favorite holiday tunes from the past 43 years! Playing on The Gaslight Theatre's front porch stage. Perfect for ALL AGES! Playing select dates, Nov. 29- Dec. 22, 2020. Tickets are $40 per parking spot. *There is a group discount for 10+ spots. Maximum of 6 people per spot. Only 56 parking spots available, so these will go FAST! b Gaslight Porch Series *Outdoors* Playing shows OUTSIDE through 2020! The Gaslight Theatre - east side 7010 E. Broadway Blvd.

Through December 25

  • Diaper Drive and Discount at Buckelew Farm. Don’t go pick out a Christmas tree without bringing new or unopened diapers or wipes with you! Receive $10 off a tree 7 ft. or taller or $5 off a tree 6 ft. or less at any Buckelew Farm location with a donation of new, unopened diapers or wipes to the Diaper Bank! 520-822-2277

December 29, 2020

    DECEMBER 29. Toru Tagawa, Music Director and Conductor of the Tucson Repertory Orchestra, is proud to present the program, “String Serenade,” on December 29 at 5pm. This 40-minute special performance will be streamed via Youtube and Facebook through Catalyst Arts and Maker Space by SAACA. Due to COVID-19, only a selected number of players will perform this concert, and everyone will be socially distanced and wearing a mask. As TRO musicians have not met since early March 2020, this will be a holiday gift for the players and community. 

Through December 31, 2020

  • Arizona Repertory Singers offer “Home for the Holidays” concert online. “Home for the Holidays” will premiere December 11. Tickets are $20 per household and allow access to a link to the concert program on December 11-31. Embedded videos of the musical pieces will be interspersed with conductor notes, and images. For more information and tickets: arsingers.org
  • Sounds of Winter Concert Now Virtual! Due to the rise in COVID-19 numbers and our commitment to do our part to slow the spread, the Tucson Girls Chorus has pivoted the previously scheduled Drive-In concert to the Sounds of Winter VIRTUAL edition. Following the traditions of our TGC's Sounds of Winter Concert our songbirds have put together a dazzling show with their strong voices and audience-favorite tunes. The best part is this winter you get to enjoy it from your own home anywhere in the world! To join the concert simply make a tax-deductible donation to the TGC. The afternoon of Sunday, December 20th you will be sent a link to watch each TGC choir light up your home stage. We suggest the amount of your ticket purchase ($15 - $20) per attendee or more. Due to copyright laws the concert link will be active for a limited amount of time. 

Please note that if you previously purchased a ticket to the Sounds of Winter Drive-In edition concert, your credit card was NOT charged. You will need to make a donation directly to the TGC to view the Sounds of Winter Virtual edition concert. THANK YOU for your contribution and trust in the power of community music-making and affirmation that our songbirds' voices will always matter.

Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus Events & Tree Lot

  • The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus Tree Lot Beautiful fresh cut trees at competitive prices. Douglas Fir, Noble Fir and Nordman Fir. Deliveries available. Fresh wreaths and garland.
    Open Thursday – Sunday from November 29-December 22, 2020.
  • TUCSON ARIZONA BOYS CHORUS HOLIDAY CONCERT on Saturday, December 12, 2020 - 4:00pm. Outdoor socially distanced performance at the Chorus Hall. All tickets by advanced reservation only. $20 Premium Cabaret table seating of family groups with holiday dessert. $15 Reserved seating - $8 Reserved seating children under 12.
  • Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus Holiday Concert Broadcasts on KVOA-TV Ch 4 and COZi TV Ch 4.1 Comcast 204/188 and Cox 90. This year the Chorus will brighten our holidays with concerts broadcast on KVOA and COZi television. You are invited to become a sponsor to help spread some holiday cheer. The world famous Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus Touring Chorus along with the Young Men's Ensemble will perform Christmas carols, sacred songs and Hanukkah selections on a television special this December. Every year since its first concert in 1939, the Chorus has made our community a little brighter by performing, singing, selling trees, and adding  joy to the holidays.

Marana/Oro Valley Holiday Events

  • Marana Holiday Festival and Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony is the biggest Christmas tree and light show in Southern Arizona. Start the holidays this Saturday, Dec. 5, with a drive through the Town of Marana's incredible Christmas Cruise & Tree Light Show from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The synchronized tree show will light up your mood to explore, dine, and play golf. Free event.
December 9-23, 2020
  • 12 Days of Cheer and the Snow Globe Santa arrives at the Oro Valley Marketplace with live perofrmances, Letters of Hope, the Snow Globe Santa Experience, Live Mural Art, and Arts & Crafts Grab & Go Activities. Free. Open event with precautions advised. 12155 N. Oracle Road.

Sahuarita Holiday Events

  • SAHUARITA HOLIDAY ARTISAN MARKET, December 19 & 20, 2020, ​ Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM, ​Sunday 11 AM - 4 PM. Free Admission. The Sahuarita Holiday Artisan Market adds vibrancy to Sahuarita by creating opportunities for people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds to experience the visual arts and support local artists. This market features up to 45 juried artists and exhibitors in all mediums and special socially distanced art experiences. ​Two food trucks will be onsite throughout the weekend.

Wednesday, December 25, 2020: Christmas Day in Tucson.

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New Year's Eve 2020-2021

  • NYE At Hotel Congress
    There are two ways to celebrate the New Year at Hotel Congress this year! Plan to dine with us for our indulgent 4-course prix fixe menu designed by our culinary team lead by chefs Brian Smith and Carlos Mendoza, or go big and be a part of our most exclusive party of the year. Stay with us as a hotel guest on NYE and get the full and exclusive experience!
    Cup Cafe NYE Dinner
    Seatings begin at 4pm | Please make reservations by calling 520-798-1618 or reserve online | Full menu unavailable
    Allow us to serve your final meal of 2020!
    The Safest & Most Exclusive Party EVER!
    Hotel guests takeover on the last day of 2020!
    Rates starting at $359
    This has never happened before and will never happen again...be apart of history and say goodbye to 2020 in Congress fashion.

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